Annual Clean-up Campaign

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Santa Clara's Annual Clean-up Campaign is your opportunity to set out bulky items not routinely collected by weekly garbage, Clean Green and recycling collection services. Please park vehicles in your garage or driveway during your assigned collection week so it is easier for Clean-Up crews to maneuver. If you must park on the street, please park at least five feet away from piles.

Collection areas and dates are advertised in the City Calendar and Utility Bill inserts. You can also look up your service week by using the"I want to..." feature to search for your address. Once you locate your property, information about your clean-up campaign service week will come up on the left-hand side. Questions? contact the Public Works Department at (408) 615-3080 or Environment@SantaClaraCA.gov.

Set-out Instructions

  • Materials should be placed in the gutter in front of your home before 7:00 a.m. on the Monday of your designated collection week. Do not set out materials in the street before the Saturday prior to your assigned collection week. Early set-outs (prior to the Saturday preceding your collection week) are subject to a $100 fine.
  • Materials set out late will be collected for a fee of $25 per cubic yard. Late set-outs are materials placed in the street after 7:00 a.m. on the Monday of your collection week.
  • If you witness illegal dumping, get the driver and vehicle description, and vehicle license number and call 408-615-3080 (Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) or 408-615-5580 (after 4:00 p.m. and weekends).
  • Do not place piles in front of curbs painted red for “No Parking,” as large piles can obstruct the view of motorists pulling out of driveways. Do not place piles in alleys or private streets, or against fences, retaining walls, hydrants, or landscaping.
  • Materials must be placed in the street, by the curb, in front of the house where the materials are generated (if a private street, materials must be placed on nearest public street). Placing materials in front of a neighbor’s house will be deemed illegal dumping.
  • Do NOT trim or remove City street trees. This is a violation of City Code 12.35.020 and subject to a $1,000 fine and all associated replacement costs. Call 408-615-3080 for information.
  • Violation notices will be left at homes where materials have been improperly set out. If you have questions about what can be set out or need assistance in determining which collection area you live in, please contact the Street Department at 408-615-3080.
  • Reminder: Many items that are placed out each year can be reused or recycled. For information, please call the Center for the Development of Recycling at www.recyclestuff.org or call them at 1-800-533-8414.

Accepted Materials:

  • Furniture
  • Appliances, E-waste and Tires: should be set out separately from the rest of your materials. Special crews will pick up these items and separate for proper disposal. It is the owner’s responsibility to remove any appliance door with latch mechanisms prior to set out to prevent accidents.
  • Construction debris: Concrete, asphalt, brick, rocks, stones, dirt, sod, interior insulation, gypsum drywall, and/or sawdust must be placed in a bulk bag no larger than one cubic yard (3 ft. x 3 ft. x 3 ft.) to prevent stormwater run-off pollution potential. Bulk bags may be purchased online at www.bagcorpstore.com/cleanup or at the Municipal Services Counter, 1500 Warburton Avenue. A total of one (1) cubic yard of concrete, asphalt, brick, rocks, stones, dirt, or sod will be collected at no charge. Additional amounts are subject to a collection charge of $25 per cubic yard.
  • Yard waste: Brush, branches, and wood should be cut to 6-foot lengths, stacked separately from other materials and placed parallel to the curb. Green waste can also be disposed of through the weekly Clean Green collection program at no extra charge.  

Do not set out:

  • Contractor-generated construction or landscape waste. Contractor-generated landscaping debris and tree trimmings/removals are subject to a charge of $25 per cubic yard.
  • Food or bathroom waste
  • Garbage
  • Automobiles
  • Automobile parts containing fluids
  • Medical waste
  • Liquids
  • Explosives
  • Ammunition
  • Hazardous wastes (e.g. paint, batteries, fluorescent light fixtures,oil, antifreeze, household chemicals, pesticides, solvents, thinners, chlorine, etc.)

For information on the proper disposal of these items, contact the County Hazardous Waste Recycling and Disposal Program at 408-299-7300 or online at www.hhw.org.  A Household Hazardous Waste drop-off event will be held in Santa Clara on Saturday, April 29th. Illegal set-out of hazardous materials is subject to a $500 fine.

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